Why You Should Always Buy Wine at Costco

Costco really does have the best of everything.

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It’s pretty common to stock up on toilet paper and food at Costco, but there’s another thing you should start buying at the famous warehouse chain: wine. You wouldn’t expect a store that’s famous for their $1.50 hot dogs to also have a knack for wine, but they’re actually the largest retailer of wine in the United States. These are other things you aren’t buying at Costco but should be.

The amazing thing about Costco is that they are able to keep the markup—the difference between the wholesale price and the retail price— low on all of their products since they have such a successful business model. Because of the low markup, you can find high-quality wine for under $20 a bottle. It’s important to take note of the labels. A restaurant could be advertising a $46 bottle of wine that goes for $9.99 at Costco.

On top of having prices that can’t be beat, they put a lot of thought and effort into which wines they sell. They employee a lead wine buyer that travels to tastings in regions famous for their wine, such as Bordeaux, France. They make sure to pick high-quality brands and ingredients that they know their customers will like. They even put a lot of thought into what the labels of their Kirkland brand wines look like. These are the best Kirkland items you should always buy at Costco.

So, the next time you go Costco, make sure to stock up on some wine for your next party. If you find one that you like, grab all the bottles you can—the store is constantly stocking new options to give their customers a wide variety of choices. Next, read about these secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.